Terranova eyes Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile for Funny Guy

Terranova eyes Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile for Funny Guy
Photo: Chelsea Durand / NYRA

Four-time New York-bred stakes winner Funny Guy has proven himself highly competitive against graded stakes company this season and trainer John Terranova said he has not completely ruled out a start in the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on November 7 at Keeneland.

Owned by Gatsas Stable, R.A. Hill Stable and Swick Stable, the son of Big Brown was a last-out second to Complexity in the Grade 2 Vosburgh on September 26 at Belmont Park after a game fourth as the post-time favorite in the Grade 1 Forego presented by America's Best Racing on August 29 over a sloppy main track at Saratoga.

"I don't have any definite plans yet. I'm going to work him a couple of times and see where we'll go," Terranova said. "We've got time for that; I'm going to breeze him [Monday morning] and then come back next weekend and let him tell me."

Funny Guy has proven versatile from both a distance and pace standpoint having won from on and well off the pace as well as from distances ranging from six furlongs to a mile-and-an-eighth. Following an off-the-pace win in the one mile Commentator on June 12 over Big Sandy, he cut back in distance and tracked a half-length off the pace to win the seven-furlong John Morrissey Handicap on July 20 at Saratoga.

Other possibilities for Funny Guy could include the Grade 3, $100,000 Bold Ruler on October 31 at Belmont Park going seven furlongs over the main track.

"We would consider a race like the Bold Ruler, and there's some other stuff later on," Terranova said.

2020 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1)

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